Former Canajoharie resident charged for allegedly having sexual relations with 15-year-old girl

John Vansteenburgh, 60

COPAKE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say they have arrested a man from Copake after he allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old.

Police say on March 27, SP officials commenced an investigation into allegations of inappropriate contact between a 15-year-old female victim and a 60-year-old man.

The investigation conducted by the New York State Police, Columbia County Child Protective Services and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office led investigators to Montgomery County.

Investigators determined the suspect, 60-year-old John Vansteenburgh of Craryville, and formerly of the Town of Canajoharie, had maintained an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old female since September 2014.  Information leading to the arrest stemmed from numerous witnesses from Columbia County and Montgomery County.

Vansteenburgh was arrested and charged with one count of sex abuse 3rd and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

He was arraigned in the Town of Copake Court and released on $400 bail to reappear on a later date.

This investigation by the State Police is ongoing.  Anyone familiar with John Vansteenburgh or has information regarding these incidents is requested to contact the New York State Police BCI at Livingston at (518) 851-2982 or (518) 851-2973.

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